July 27, 2009
PJ O’Rourke

Some of you may not have heard of PJ O’Rourke. He’s a noteworthy American satirist. Kind of a present-day Mark Twain. Here’s a few of his “quotable quotes”. I think you’ll like him as much as I do!

  • A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.
  • A very quiet and tasteful way to be famous is to have a famous relative. Then you can not only be nothing, you can do nothing too.
  • After all, what is your host’s purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose, they’d have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi.
  • Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • America wasn’t founded so that we could all be better. America was founded so we could all be anything we damned well pleased.
  • Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
  • Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly.
  • Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.
  • Earnestness is stupidity sent to college.
  • Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective.
  • Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
  • Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.
  • Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
  • Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
  • Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.
  • Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy.
  • If government were a product, selling it would be illegal.
  • If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat – in other words, turn you into an adult.
  • If you say a modern celebrity is an adulterer, a pervert and a drug addict, all it means is that you’ve read his autobiography.
  • In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.
  • Never fight an inanimate object.
  • Never wear anything that panics the cat.
  • Politics are for foreigners with their endless wrongs and paltry rights. Politics are a lousy way to get things done. Politics are, like God’s infinite mercy, a last resort.
  • Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.
  • Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce.
  • The Clinton administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this country was founded by religious nuts with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock?
  • The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.
  • The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you’re rich.
  • The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
  • The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.
  • The weirder you’re going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.
  • There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.
  • There is one thing women can never take away from men. We die sooner.
  • There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.
  • There’s something about Marxism that brings out warts; the only kind of growth this economic system encourages.
  • Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy.
  • When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
  • You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money.
  • You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.
  • You may be surprised to discover you’re rich, especially if you’re broke.

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